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Mark Farnworth

Mark Farnworth

Associate Professor

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences


Mark is co-coordinator of the Animal Behaviour, Performance and Welfare Group and Co-chair of the ARES research ethics committee.

He also teaches across a range of BSc and MSc courses and supervises student projects

Career overview

2001-2004: Research Technician: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), working on a Danish/UK collaboration exploring aggression in pigs.

2004-2014: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Unitec Institute of Technology (New Zealand), responsible for degree and sub-degree teaching; programme development and animal welfare research

2014-2018: Associate Professor (Animal Behaviour and Welfare): Plymouth University. Programme Leader for MSc Zoo Conservation Biology. Head of Post-Graduate Taught programmes.

Research areas

  • Human-Animal Interactions
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Welfare
  • Companion Animals and Society

External activity

External examiner: Lincoln University; Bioveterinary Science (BSc.) Programme

Reviews Editor: Applied Animal Behaviour Science

Member of steering committee: Cat census/ Community cats initiative; Cats Protection Member: International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE)

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Rowena Packer; Royal Veterinary College London
  • Danièlle Gunn-Moore; Edinburgh University
  • Louise Firth; Plymouth University
  • Wayne Linklater; Victoria University Wellington (NZ)
  • Kevin Stafford; Massey University (NZ) Natalie Waran; EIT (NZ)

Press expertise

  • Domestic cats and dogs
  • Pedigree cats and dogs
  • Cat behaviour
  • How people view cats
  • Why people choose certain breeds of cats and dogs
  • Cat and dog aggression
  • Perceptions of stray dogs
  • Cats’ impact on wildlife
  • Dog-owner relationships
  • Dog breed-related illnesses